Monday, July 20, 2009
Rural Utilites Service criticized in inability to help with rural broadband
Lisa Myers tonight, on NBC Nightly News, reported that a lot of the Obama Administration’s economic stimulus appropriation for rural broadband is held back by the inadequacy of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, which is supposed to handle some of the stimulus. The report showed a farmer in North Carolina dialing up to Earthlink through ordinary land phone lines, which 10 years ago seemed adequate, before heavy video streaming and automatic security software updating.
The RUS was criticzed for spending a third of its broadband assistance resources on wealthy and politically connected exurbs rather than for truly rural areas. Some parts of North Carolina really are the boonies, not just One Tree Hill or David Lynch country.
Attribution link for Wikimedia North Carolina Blue Ridge picture.